How to Record Computer Audio

Alma Elliott
2023-04-20 19:43:02 • Filed to: Audio Recording

You may want to record audio on your computer for different purposes. Perhaps you want to record a video message to share with family, friend or colleagues. Or perhaps you are creating an audiobook that you intend to sell on various platforms. The kind of audio recording you want to create will determine the type of tool you use.

But several factors remain important whether you are recording a simple 10-minute recording or a complex 3-hour audiobook. The tool you choose must be easy to use and effective enough to ensure that you can start and stop the recording flexibly. The following are the best options you have when it comes to recording audio on your computer.

Windows Voice Recorder

Ideal for simple audio recording projects, the Windows Voice Recorder is an audio recording solution that comes pre-installed in Windows. It can therefore be easily accessed using the "Search" function in Windows, and its interface has only the bare-minimum needed to facilitate a fast and seamless recording experience.

Here's how to use Windows Voice Recorder to record audio on your computer;

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Step 1: Open the Sound Recorder program or app on your computer.

Step 2: Once it is open, click on the red microphone button to start the recording.

Step 3: The recording will begin immediately. At any time during the recording, you can choose to pause the recording. Just click on the "Pause" button below the "Stop" button to stop the recording. You can click on the "Pause" button again to resume the recordings.

Step 4: To save the recording, click on the "Stop" button and the recording will appear in your list of recordings.

Stereo Mix

You can enable the Stereo Mix feature in Windows 10 to ensure that the audio you record is of the highest-quality. The process is rather simple, just follow these simple steps to enable Stereo Mix on Windows 10;

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Step 1: Use the "Search Function" in Windows 10 to find "Manage Sound Devices." Click on it when it appears to open the sound settings.

Step 2: Scroll down to click on "Enable" under "Stereo Mix" to turn on this feature, and the quality of sound you record using one of the tools in this guide will be of high quality.

Wondershare DemoCreator

Wondershare DemoCreator is another desktop tool that you can use to record audio on your computer. This program is particularly useful because it can record the screen and webcam at the same time. It also comes with editing features designed to help you edit recorded videos in numerous ways.

To use DemoCreator to record audio on your computer, follow these steps;

Step 1: Download and install Wondershare DemoCreator from the program's main website. Launch the program and, in the main window, click "New Recording" to begin the recording process.

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Step 2: Select the "Audio" tab and choose if you would like to capture the "Computer Audio" or sounds from the "Microphone" or both.

democreator audio settings

Step 3: Click "Start Capturing" or press the "F10" key on your keyboard. A 3-second countdown will appear on the screen and then the recording will begin.

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To end the recording, press the "F10" key again and the audio recording will be saved to your computer.

Audacity's WASAPI Loopback

Audacity's WASAPI Loopback feature is one of the best ways to record very high-quality audio on your computer. Audacity actually works with the Windows Audio Session API (WASAPI) feature in your computer to make the best of the computer's speakers and microphone to produce the best quality sound. Here's how to use it;

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Step 1: Once the WASAPI feature has been set up, open Audacity on your computer and then click on the red "Record" button to start the recording.

Step 2: When you're happy with the recording, click on the Stop button to end the process.

Step 3: Then, click on "File > Export" to export the file in one of the numerous audio formats that audacity supports.

Free Sound Recorder

As the name suggests, this is a completely free audio recording tool that you can install on your computer to help you record audio. It uses the computer's built-in microphone to record audio, and it is very easy to use. It also comes with an audio editing suite, ideal for simple editing processes.

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To use it, follow these simple steps;

Step 1: Install the Free Sound Recorder on to your computer.

Step 2: Open it after installation and in the main window, click on the "Microphone" icon to begin the recording.

Step 3: When the recording is complete, click on the Stop button to end the recording.

Recording audio on your computer can be simple or complicated, depending on the tool that you choose to use for this purpose. The tools above each have their own strengths and weaknesses, but they all have one thing in common; they can all be used to record audio on your computer. Choose the most ideal tool depending on the kind of audio recording project you are working on and follow the steps to use it.